January 20, 2014 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
New York, United States (January 20, 2014): In wake of recent disclosures unearthed by declassification of top secret British documents about Indian government seeking help of Special Air Service (SAS) of the UK in planning deadly armed attack by Indian Army on Darbar Sahib (Amritsar) in June 1984, US based Sikh groups have announced to hold a “Silence Rally” outside the British high commissioners’ office in New York on February 3, to demand the British Parliament to immediately pass a “resolution that the action of PM Thatcher of colluding with Indira Gandhi to attack the holiest Sikh shrine was a grave blunder”.
Announcing the decision to hold the rally, a US based human rights and advocacy group Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) said that it had requested the New York British Consulate General, Danny Lopez, to address the rally.
“A memorandum will be handed over to him on February 3” informed SFJ legal advisor Gurpatwant Singh Pannun.
Recently, British MP Tom Watson has cited two letters which have only just been released under the 30-year rule, One, dated 6 February 1984, from the prime minister’s office, which talks about the “Indian request for advice on plans for the removal of dissident Sikhs from the Golden Temple”. The other letter, dated 23 February 1984, also discusses the issue stating “the foreign secretary decided to respond favorably to the Indian request and, with the prime minister’s agreement, an SAS officer has visited India and drawn up a plan which has been approved by Mrs. Gandhi. The foreign secretary believes that the Indian government may put the plan into operation shortly”.
Gurpatwant Singh Pannun said that the demand to pass resolution in British parliament is being supported by Sikh organizations from Punjab, UK, United States, Canada, Australia, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.
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